More than 200 primary care practices are located throughout Vermont, including practices owned by individuals, groups and hospitals. There are also more than 350 individual and group dental practices. To become a patient or an employee of any of these practices, follow one of the links below or do a simple online search to find contact information for the practices of interest.
Many of these practices are Federally Qualified Health Center sites or Rural Health Clinics, and are considered part of the health care safety net. Under Medicare and Medicaid rules, safety net providers are required to provide health care services to all Vermonters, regardless of insurance status and mostly with a sliding fee scale.
Most practices in Vermont include a mix of physicians, physician assistants and nurse practitioners, and are certified patient-centered medical homes.
Twelve FQHCs operate nearly 50 primary care and 10 dental care sites throughout Vermont. Mental and behavioral health care is also available on site or through local partners. Bi-State Primary Care Association maintains the list of FQHCs in Vermont and New Hampshire.
Ten Rural Health Clinics (RHCs) provide health care in Vermont, most in conjunction with local hospitals. Independent practices located in areas that meet certain criteria can become a Rural Health Clinic and receive enhanced reimbursement for their Medicare and Medicaid patients.
The federal Centers for Mediare & Medicaid Services Outreach and Education/Medicare Learning Network is a resource for Rural Health Clinics: Find out about converting an independent practice to a Rural Health Clinic (PDF)
Eleven free clinics work with partners throughout the state to help uninsured and under-insured Vermonters get the medical and dental care, medications and insurance coverage they need when they need it. Most are members of the Vermont Coalition of Clinics for the Uninsured.
Several clinics have regular office hours when you can be seen by a doctor, nurse or other provider.
All clinics will help you find a regular health care provider and enroll in Medicaid or a private health insurance plan through Vermont Health Connect: Find out more about Vermont's free clinics